The Ireland Under-20 team, sponsored by PwC, to face tournament hosts New Zealand in Friday's 3rd/4th place play-off of the IRB Junior World Championship has been named.
Head coach Mike Ruddock has made five personnel changes and one positional switch to the side that lost to England in last Sunday's semi-final.
Team captain Jack O'Donoghue has been ruled out of the play-off game as he continues to observe to the 'return to play' concussion protocols. His back row colleague Peadar Timmins will skipper Ireland in his absence.
The back row sees Timmins joined by openside flanker Rory Moloney with Frankie Taggart moving to number 8.
Dylan Donnellan and Oisin Heffernan will make their first starts of the tournament after impressing off the bench against England. They join Peter Dooley in the front row with Darragh Moloney named in the second row alongside Ross Moloney.
In the only change to the Irish back-line, Terenure College clubman Harrison Brewer will start in the centre alongside Junior Player of the Year nominee Garry Ringrose (voting details here).
Looking forward to his side's final fixture, Ruddock said: "Trying to defeat a New Zealand team at Eden Park is a formidable challenge for any Irish team but we will give it our best shot."
IRELAND UNDER-20 Team & Replacements (v New Zealand Under-20s, 2014 IRB Junior World Championship - 3rd/4th Place Play-Off, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, June 20, kick-off 5.05pm local time/6.05am Irish time):
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